National Solar Jobs Census 2010


In 2010, The Solar Foundation (TSF) released the National Solar Jobs Census 2010. TSF contracted with Green LMI, a labor market research firm, and partnered with Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations to author the first-of-its-kind report. The award-winning Census established the first credible solar jobs baseline and continues to provide policy-makers with tangible proof that the solar industry is having a positive and substantial impact on the U.S. economy.

Below are the links to the report and supporting documents:

The report was released at the Solar Power International 2010 conference in Los Angeles on October 13, 2010 at the Census Release Party, sponsored by, HeliosUSA, Hunton & Williams, and Yingli Solar.

The responses to our research (shown below) exemplify the widespread need in our community for data demonstrating the value of solar energy to the U.S. economy. We strive to continually improve our work in this area and provide more research showing the value of both public and private sector investments in solar energy. As a result, the National Solar Jobs Census 2011 report will be released at Solar Power International 2011 in Dallas. The second study will provide a deeper (more robust) state-level analysis, as well as shed more light on workforce development needs. In the absence of Bureau of Labor Statistics data on the full range of solar occupations, it is of critical importance to the solar industry that organizations like ours conduct this type of research that not only help us to better understand the needs of employers (so that we can better design training programs that lead to more qualified and skilled employees), but also to give policymakers an indication of how solar is creating jobs in their districts.

In a press release for our National Solar Jobs Census 2010, Secretary of Labor Hilda L Solis said:

“Among other things, this study shows that investments made through Recovery Act—including the $2.3 billion in tax credits to U.S. based clean energy manufacturing—are already generating positive results. The solar energy sector is an increasingly important source of good jobs for Americans. Fostering the growth of this emerging industry will help protect our environment, ensure the U.S. remains competitive in the global economy, and offer great opportunities for the nation’s working families.”   

See what the media said about the National Solar Jobs Census 2010:

Executive Director Andrea Luecke speaks with Jennifer Runyon from about The Solar Foundation's 2010 National Solar Jobs Census.